Authors: Trevor A. Wing & Elke S. Sedlmeier
To determine the relationship between female fertility indicators and the administration of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM).
A prospective cohort clinical study to measure accepted bio-medical factors that affect female fertility and to determine if CHM can improve these factors as well as pregnancy outcome.
A private practice specialising in treating infertility with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The study took place between November 2003 and December 2004.
Fifty women with the Western medical diagnosis of unexplained infertility.
One monitored menstrual cycle measuring pre-treatment fertility factors, followed by treatment with Chinese herbal medicine and subsequent measurement of the changes in the same fertility factors.
Significant differences were observed between the two time points for the majority of factors measured. Pregnancies in the sample group recorded 6 months after commencement of the last treatment were 28, with 11 live births and 7 miscarriages.
The study outcome demonstrates that using Chinese herbal medicine results in higher success rates of pregnancy, with no patient side-effects and a reduction in the category of patients conventionally classified as having unexplained infertility.